5 ways to have that productive morning

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Productivity is such a popular topic we are all looking for ways to use our time better and the best productivity hacks. Your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, if you have a productive and positive morning you are more likely to have a great day.

This does not mean you have to be up at 5am everyday, being up at 5am for example is not for everyone. You have to find the right time for yourself, that happy time to wake up. Making the effort to wake up a little earlier however does give you the advantage of more time for personal tasks before your work day gets started.

I am sharing 5 strategies you can use in your morning routine to make your morning productive and have a successful day.

1. Have a good nights sleep

Sleep plays such an important role in good health and well-being. It helps protect your physical and mental health, safety and your quality of life. How you feel during the day is effected by how you sleep. Having a good sleep routine means you can wake up refreshed, recharged and ready for the day. Your ability to stay motivated and focused are definitely heightened with better sleep.

2. Write your to-do list of tasks the night before

Preparing your to-do lists the night before is a great way to start fresh in the morning. You can wake up and can start your tasks when you are ready, rather than spending your morning planning out your day and wasting time that you could have been working on those tasks already. You will be starting your day of prepared and organised.

For me I like wake up and knowing exactly what tasks need to be done that day and I do not to have to think about planning. I can just start checking those tasks off the list, it such a good feeling ha ha!

3. Positive affirmations

Positive affirmation is the practise of positive thinking and self-empowerment allowing you to have the attitude to achieve success. Journaling in any capacity is such a beneficial task for your mental health and well-being. Taking 5 minutes in the morning to write can help you to challenge and overcome that self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. Writing down positive affirmations means you can start your day off on a positive step and confident about plans for the day. Gratitude also plays a bit part of this process too.

A notebook with white pages with a to-do list with an R Bar, a pen and a pair of glasses on the bed

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4. Eat breakfast and drink water

According to studies eating breakfast affects your energy levels for the rest of the day. To make sure you are prepared for the day you want to fuel your body, you will then have enough energy to be productive for your morning until lunch time. It is always great to eat and drink in the morning to start your metabolism.

5. Do NOT reach straight for your phone

Taking the time to wake up properly and getting ready for the day before delving into your phone is so much more beneficial. The information overload that hits you before you have had time to fully wake up can interfere with your ability to prioritise your tasks. By checking your phone all the thoughts, ideas and focuses are taken over by the new messages, notifications and your emails. Those people monopolise your time on their agenda rather than on your schedule.

You have the ability to make your morning a productive one and set a positive tone for your day. Make sure you are not falling into the thought that you have to be productive 100% of the time, however having a solid productive morning when you want to can make you feel so good in yourself.

Do you have set things you do in the morning to be productive? I’d love to hear in the comments.

89 thoughts on “5 ways to have that productive morning

  1. Opps pressed OK long before I was ready so feel free to delete the previous comment.

    I am terrible for picking my phone up straight away in the morning, But I do use that time to get blog stuff done first thing before I hit work. I must get on the positive affirmation thing though as I think it could really help me!

    Thanks for sharing Lauren x

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    1. I gave up trying to not reach for my phone but I’m making it a habit to not check social media the moment I wake up. I find exercising in the morning works for me too. These are great tips, thank you for sharing! 💙

      Shuana
      howivebeen.com

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  2. You have some great tips here!! My mornings always start woth breakfast in bed with my husband (Unless he is working mornings which is rare) and we always chill for half hour or so either talking or watching an episode of something to fully wake up. My biggest habit is grabbing my phone to check everything, but I’m going to try and stop that!! Xx

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  3. Hi Lauren. Great tips there for a productive morning. I particularly like the idea of doing the ‘To Do’ list the night before. Depending on what it is that you have to do this could help to get your sub-conscious working on certain problems while you sleep!

    What I find really helps if you have a ‘Must Do’ list is to ‘Out of Office’ your emails and ‘phone. I know some of you reading this comment just had a mini-meltdown at the very prospect of doing this but sometimes you just need to focus on the important stuff and ignore the distractions!

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  4. I love to get up, dress, clean my room, and eat, before I even look at a to-do list, and I think it makes for a fresher morning! While it is amazing to get plenty done during the day, it is also good to feel good about getting just one thing done and heading into the next day with a fresh slate.

    A glass of cold water is my favorite pick-me-up too! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

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  5. You forgot coffee….. just kidding. Great post. I like to do a few stretches in the morning as well. Especially important for those of us that sit at a desk most of the day.

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  6. These are great tips! I know the thing that holds me back the most is reaching for my phone straight away in the morning. Before I know it an hour has gone by and all I’ve done is scroll through social media when I could have been productive. You make a really good point about the information overload. No doubt it sets the tone for the rest of the day and interferes with productivity. It’s definitely something I’m going to have to avoid first thing in the morning. Great post!

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  7. I so agree with the goodnight’s sleep! When I’m well rested, I’m more productive. I also like getting some morning sun before I dive in to any tasks specially on a work week.

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  8. This summer I started writing down my task at night and wow how it has changed my life. My next goal is to start journaling writing affirmations and what I’m grateful for. I love this!! I already eat breakfast don’t ever skip it … lol

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  9. Lately I’ve been doing a great big morning stretch or sun salutation and have noticed how amazingly different my body feels by the end of the day! Positive affirmations have also made such a significant improvement in my life, I cant remember what I was doing before hahaha Loving the positive energy from this post, thanks so much for sharing!! Definitely looking for ways to improve my mornings now that I’m back to working full time.
    xo Bri

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  10. I’m guilty of doing every step wrong here every morning. But I think the phone part is a big one. I start being less productive right as I grab it when I wake up

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  11. To get me ready in the morning, I give myself a chance to wake up. I listen to the birds outside and to stretch underneath my duvet. I also drink a glass of water after I get up! It’s amazing how dehydrated you get when you sleep!

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  12. I am rather guilty of not setting my to-do list and going straight for the phone every weekend. I did find that waking up earlier gives you more time to do anything, from yoga/workout, cooking more delicious breakfasts, chitchats, etc. plus you’re more energized for the rest of the day. Hope I can make it a habit.

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  13. Lauren, Amazing ideas that definitely increase our productivity. From my observations a morning basic exercises or jog just for 10 minutes will improve productivity a lot. Wonderful insights 😍😍

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  14. These are some great tips! I follow all of them except the eating breakfast. I do intermittent fasting and generally only eat between 1-7pm. Sleep in particular is especially essential, even more so as I’ve gotten older. If I don’t sleep, I can’t think.

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  15. Ugh I can’t stop reaching for my phone even though it keeps me in bed a whole hour or two more than I intended! But usually when I get up for the day, I’M UP. I won’t nap or anything. I just wish I’d eat breakfast more lol but I don’t get hungry when wake up?! It’s so weird!

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  16. Great tips! Personally, I feel like making a list the night before is the best thing I can do to ensure I’m productive. And the feeling of ticking something off a list is a nerdy dopamine hit. I’ll have to work on not reaching for my phone the first thing in the morning though.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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  17. Great tips!We have recently got into a really good night time routine – making sure the house is clean and we have a plan for the next day helps us stay productive!
    I have my list but unfortunately I have failed already this morning on the phone one! Time to grab breakfast and start working my way though my to-do’s.

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  18. I am guilty of checking my phone first thing in the morning! I can see what you mean about the information overload. I always feel thirsty when I first wake up so I drink lots of water in the morning, even before I shower or have breakfast. It helps me to feel more awake! xx

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  19. I love getting up early! I always seem to have such a productive day if I’m up early. But I do need to get out of the habit of reaching for my phone as soon as I wake up 😬 Getting stuff ready and prepared the night before certainly helps my morning routine too.

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